Looking to do some crafting or just to entertain your baby or toddler?! Painting, especially finger painting can be a lot of fun, but like me, you may be worried about your child eating the paint! Edible paint is just what you need, all the fun but fully ingestible. Today I compared two different recipes for edible finger paint for babies & toddlers to see which works best. The recipes are simple and are made from things you probably already have in your cupboard. Check out my results below! I hope you have some fun, edible, playtime with your little one!
If you have younger babies they may also enjoy these fun DIY dollar store sensory bags!
homemade finger paint with flour
To make a flour-based edible paint you’ll need:
Put the water and salt on the stove to heat. Slowly whisk in flour. Whisk on medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. Partition the mixture into several containers and color with a few drops of food coloring. Let cool and you’re ready to have fun! The mixture will be fairly liquidy. Cover to keep it from drying out when not in use.
Cornstarch finger paint
To make cornstarch based edible paint you’ll need:
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
Put the water and salt on the stove to heat. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch and sugar. Whisk on medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. This one will thicken suddenly so you’ll want to watch it. Partition the mixture into several containers and color with a few drops of food coloring. Let cool and you’re ready to have fun! This one will have a gel-like consistency one cool.
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So which was the winner of the edible paint challenge?!
Best edible paint for babies:
Flour based. The flour based paints are much thinner. This makes them ideal for fingerpainting for young kids whether you are doing it sensory bag style or setting them loose on paper and letting them get their hands dirty. It spreads very easily so a little does go a long way.
Best paint for toddlers and older kids:
Either one really, but I would give them the cornstarch paint if they are using their fingers. Once they understand what to do with the paint and can push their fingers in a bit this is the one to use. It drips less, spreads more evenly, and dries quicker. Bonus: It has a gel like consistency so it’s not going to spill easily if they knock over the container.
Best for crafts:
If you are looking to make handprint cards or other craft type items you will need to use the cornstarch one. You can apply it to the child’s hands or feet without it spilling everywhere and it smears less when it goes on the paper. It does come out very light. If you’re only going to use paint for a quick handprint or footprint you may want to grab some regular washable finger paint so you get more vibrant colors.
Pro Tip: When cleaning up the paints be sure to scrape any excess into the trash before washing the containers out in your sink. These paints have a flour or cornstarch base which are thickening agents and could clog up your sink!
Cleanup: I found that the paints cleaned up easily off my kitchen floor and the handprints off the cabinets. You can also buy a cheap tablecloth at the dollar store to put down before you let them paint, let them paint right in the bathtub, or set them up outside in the summer and then just wash the paint away! My daughter did have some blue fingers after some extra long paint playtime but it came off after a few washes.
I hope your budding Picassos enjoy their painting playtime! Check out all my fun activities for babies and toddlers!
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